The three decades following the Cultural Revolution were a tumultuous but exhilarating time to be in China. Madeleine O’Dea saw these changes up close while writing and reporting for The Australian Financial Review, ABC TV, and other outlets.
In The Phoenix Years: Art, resistance and the making of modern China, Madeleine charts the dark days and high times for freedom and openness in China. She tells the story of the making of modern China through nine contemporary Chinese artists who helped define China’s modern cultural scene, clashing with the regime along the way.
My conversation with Madeleine aired across two consecutive weekends.
The Phoenix Years: Art, resistance and the making of modern China is published by Allen & Unwin.
Interview broadcast on ArtSound FM.
Interview air date: 10 and 17 September 2016.